Video: When you win a championship as a professional athlete, you get a ring. But it isn't a normal ring meant for normal humans with normal fingers. No, championship rings are enormously gaudy boulders with, like, a million diamonds set in a very specific way because it represents winning or something. The excess is impressive and I love it.
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Thanks to Onkyo, throwing on a pair of fancy rose gold Beats headphones is no longer a status symbol. Compared to Onkyo's new Diamond Headphones which will be available — to a select few — for somewhere around $US100,000 ($137,188), those rose gold ear goggles you were so proud of might as well be just another boring pair of white iPhone earbuds.
Geoengineering — hacking Earth's climate system to reverse global warming — often sounds a bit preposterous, whether we're talking about deploying giant space mirrors or dumping a bunch of iron filings into the ocean. The latest proposal? Dusting the stratosphere with billions of dollars worth of powdered diamond.
A team of scientists just strung heaps of the world's smallest diamonds into superstrong nanothreads. That makes for one impressive (and basically invisible) necklace, but the applications of these nanothreads don't end there. They could someday help string up a lift to space — just like in science fiction.
It is not pleasant inside the core of Jupiter — or any other planet for that matter. However, gaining a better understanding of what's going on in there is key for understanding how these planets form. That's why a team of scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory recently used diamonds and lasers to recreate those very conditions.
Building empires takes money. And building industrial empires takes diamonds, not just for cash, but for the machines and tools that need them to operate. In a remote corner of Siberia, the Mir diamond mine was responsible for funelling diamonds into building the USSR — and it left behind a pit that stretches almost 2km across the surface of the Earth.